Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Cabernet Sauvignon from Franciscan

The nose starts out a little shy or subdued, but has pretty classic Napa Cab virtues.  Right after opening it shows crushed raspberry fruits and strong minerality, but starts to open up and show a deeper, richer nose with hints of candied cherries, rhubarb, french bread and herbaciousness.

Side note:  It is no surprise that there is a little vegetal character to the wine on the account that it is a 2000 vintage Napa Cabernet.  With that being said, I've had many wines from the 2000 vintage that are starting to surprise people with how interesting and fun they are to drink with a little bottle age on them.

The palate is a little more on the acid driven side of things, but there is still enough going on to make the wine interesting;  predominant graphite minerality, sour cherries, cassis and smoked cedar.  There was some vanilla in the mix initially, but it seems to blow off with a little air, and the mid palate is a touch on the savory side.  The wine has a sweet spot that it hits after 10 minutes of air time in the glass, and then slowly fades from there.

Ten years in, this wine is doing just fine.  It is an interesting drink, and would pair spectacularly with plank salmon in a maple syrup glaze.  It is probably worth mentioning that this wine normally retails around $30-$35.  That is pretty good value considering it is 10 years old, from a less than stellar vintage, and still drinking nicely.  I would consider the current vintage from this producer a fairly priced wine that has the potential for mid-ranged longevity.

2 Responses to “Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2000”

  • I don't know if I'd call Franciscan 'boutique' per se...
    Keep the posts coming!! It's great to have a trustworthy wine resource (minus the boutique thing) on line!!

  • OOOOoohh Burn! You make a good point. Franciscan would not fit into the boutique profile by several metrics. They produce a larger amount of wine and are owned by a publicly traded company. BUT, I was surprised by this wine, and thought it was worth writing about. I liked it and think that it offers good quality for the price; hence the write up. If it was boring and not worth drinking we wouldn't have much to talk about.

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